Feed The Ducks, Wait For The Seals

 WESTPORT, Wash. – The seals could one day return to The Westport Aquarium, Owner Marc Mercell says they won’t be the same seals, and it might not be JUST seals. Mercell said the Aquarium hasn’t had seals since around 2002, now after two years, the new owners have an uphill battle to get seals back in the building “The issue at hand is that the seal facilities are circa:1956 and do not meet current federal standards.”
Improvements would include a seal-only kitchen, larger containment area, and a staff bathroom “It’s a monumental project, but we have a plan of attack.” The Aquarium has been working closely with the state’s Marine Mammal stranding network, and hopes to one day become a regional location for storage and of stranded sea life. It could take three years with proper funding to get the permits required to house marine mammals again, in the meantime, the’ve been working to restore those circa 1950 hand-built aquariums, the touch tank, and Mercell says you can always stop by and feed the ducks instead.

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  • U.S. Navy Plans to Expand its Submarine Testing Range to Include The Entire Pacific Northwest Coast

    GREENBANK, Wash. – Underwater is usually a quiet place, but when the U.S. Navy is doing submarine security exercises, the calm can be shattered by blasts of high-intensity sonar. Marine experts say sonar affects dolphins and whales, along with other sea life – and can stun and even kill them. Whale-watchers along the Pacific Northwest coast monitor the sonar as well as whales’ behavior.

    Howard Garrett, co-founder of the Orca Network, says major incidents are rare, but in the Northwest, there is concern about the Navy’s plans to expand the training areas.

    "The proposed expansion of these exercise areas actually goes all the way down the coast to northern California, so it includes all of Oregon and Washington coastline, out in some places, 300 miles."

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